Come and Celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Lent, with Us

Join Us this Sunday, March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day, for Our Eucharistic Service in Celebration of the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Our Service begins at 9:30 AM. We will be Streaming the Service Online, via our new Zoom link, sent out in the Weekly Service Email. Come Celebrate Christ with Us and remember to ‘Wear Some Green’.

The Collect:

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm: Psalm 51:1-13

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; *
       in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
       and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, *
       and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned *
       and done what is evil in your sight.
5 And so you are justified when you speak *
       and upright in your judgment.
6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, *
       a sinner from my mother’s womb.
7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, *
       and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; *
       wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
       that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10 Hide your face from my sins *
       and blot out all my iniquities.
11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
       and renew a right spirit within me.
12 Cast me not away from your presence *
       and take not your holy Spirit from me.
13 Give me the joy of your saving help again *
       and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Gospel: John 12:20-33

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

27“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Harvest of the Wheat, Simon Bening, Book of Hours